Aaron Hernandez Had Most Severe CTE Ever Found For Someone His Age

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had the most severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy ever discovered in someone his age, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine disclosed at a conference Thursday.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the school’s CTE center, said the 27-year-old’s brain was “clearly at the severe end of the spectrum” for his age group, diagnosing Hernandez with Stage 3 CTE (out of 4), which hasn’t been seen before in brains younger than 46 years old.

Hernandez died of an apparent suicide earlier this year while serving a life sentence for homicide. In the troubled years before his arrest, Hernandez reportedly became extremely paranoid, began regularly using PCP, and carried a gun with him at all times.

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